Pre-Holiday Haul #1: HQhair & Caudalie

Saturday, August 11, 2012
I recently made and order with HQhair as I received an email with a code for a free goody bag (bag of sample products) so I used the code and I bought the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (you had to make a purchase for the code to work). I love Caudalie and I have tried the SOS serum that came in a Glossy Box and I have a sample of the day perfecting fluid and also the Caudalie vinosource creme sorbet moisturiser. 

I did put off buying the beauty elixir as everyone has it and it mostly has rave reviews but I didn't see the point of this product - although now that I have it I am contemplating buying another bottle, especially if I can find a discount code! I have used this product a few times now. I have tried it as a toner, a cooling/uplifting facial mist and as a makeup setting spray. I love this product as a makeup setting spray as it makes my makeup look dewy and fresh - it makes my skin look radiant and glowing without looking oily at all! I find that this product also works really well as a toner and a facial mist but the main use for me is as a setting spray for my makeup. Recommended. 
In the free sample goody bag I received two fragrance samples: Versace Yellow diamond fragrance sample, Signorina fragrance sample (this is the sample fragrance I have tried and I don't really like it - it smells nice initially but it doesn't last and smells quite old fashioned). I received one skincare sample, the Korres Quercetin & Oak moisturiser which I don't think I will use as it states that it for oily skin and I have dry/sensitive. I also received two makeup samples: a Duwop venom Gloss - I already have a sample venom gloss and it is nice but I wouldn't buy it full size. The last sample is the reason why I wanted the sample goody bag - Nars Sheer Glow Foundation sample!
I have wanted to try this foundation for ages now but the price as always put me off buying it but after trying this sample I will have to buy the full size! I received the shade 'santa fe' which is one, maybe two, shades darker than my skin tone. The texture of this foundation is gorgeous, the application is light and quick and the finish on the skin is natural and light but it has light-medium coverage, in my opinion. This foundation applies like a dream and it makes my skin looked more even and radiant!

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